The DC area took a big hit Wednesday afternoon as extreme weather descended on the region, bringing heavy rains and flooding that led to water rescues and power outages. Here’s what you need to know.
The DC area took a big hit on Wednesday afternoon as severe weather descended on the region and brought heavy rains and flooding that led to water rescues and power outages. Here’s what you need to know.
- A flash flood warning is in effect for:
- Prince William and Stafford counties in Virginia; West Central Anne Arundel and Northeast Prince George Counties in Maryland until 8:30 p.m.
- Fairfax County, City of Fairfax and Church Falls in Virginia; and parts of Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland until 8:15 p.m.
- DC until 8 p.m.
- Northwestern and Central Prince George’s County in Maryland and Southwestern Anne Arundel County; and Southeast DC until 8:45 p.m.
- A flood watch is in effect all evening for the immediate DC area and much of Northern Virginia.
Rain pounded Interstate 95 in the Dale City, Quantico and Triangle areas of Virginia, as well as Alexandria and northeast DC. 50 approaching Bowie.
It was falling in sheets in Prince George’s County, Maryland, with rain “blowing sideways in your face” in Bowie, OMCP’s John Domen reported.
OMCP Traffic reporter Dave Dildine said Lawyers Road in Vienna was flooded and a driver needed rescue in Vienna. There have also been calls about dim or faulty traffic lights, he said.
Road closures have been reported in the DC area due to flooding and flooding.
In DC, fire and EMS crews rescued a person trapped in an occupied vehicle due to rising waters.
Water Rescue 600 block RI Ave NE. Had a busy vehicle in high water. Rescue Squad was preparing to launch an inflatable but the victim was removed to the east side and will be assessed by EMS. The water is currently receding. pic.twitter.com/zIs2RxuT8P
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 10, 2022
DC Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said crews reached the stranded motorist from the roof of the car and transported him to safety. Meanwhile, he said they have also responded to calls about manhole covers lifting due to water pressure, but nothing else that is life threatening.
And if you ever find yourself in a rising water situation, Maggiolo advises, “Stay with the vehicle. Do not try to get out of the water. You don’t know what’s going on underneath. Not sure if there is an open manhole cover. It’s quite dangerous for people when they enter the water.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 10, 2022
A four-legged friend also got his paws wet during Wednesday’s storms. At District Dogs Northeast, all dogs are safe. Owner Jacob Hensley said there was about 3 feet of water outside the building.
“This is the third time in three weeks that this has happened this year. In all of last year in 2021, this has never happened in my store. We were under construction for the whole year,” Hensley said.
— NBC4 Washington (@nbcwashington) August 10, 2022
In the Greenbelt region, emergency management has reported ongoing water rescues. Between 2 and 3 inches of rain fell as of 5:45 p.m., with more to come.
In the College Park area of Maryland, June Thornton tearfully recounted her flooding experience to OMCP’s Dick Uliano.
“It was so heavy you couldn’t even see my windshield wipers on top,” she said. Thornton, of Maryland, said she almost got stuck and felt her engine ready to stall. “And I backed off and got out of it. So I’m just sitting there; no one can pass. »
Some 8,000 people in the DC area lost power, including some 3,500 people in Alexandria, 600 in Arlington, 1,600 in Fairfax and 1,400 in Prince William County in Virginia. In Maryland, some 1,200 people lost power.
Commuters returning home are urged to wait and avoid travel if possible, until storms and flooding begin to subside. Torrential downpours could bring up to 4 inches of rain in a very short time.
Virginia Railway Express said that the railway has reopened but there is significant congestion underway near Alexandria. Lengthy delays were also reported at the region’s three main airports.
Wednesday started with triple-digit heat indices before severe storms hit. Those who are tired of the heat will be relieved for the rest of the week as the cold front brings cooler and less humid conditions. But the threat of showers will remain.
Thursday will start with an early morning shower before clear skies take over, bringing less humid conditions, said Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford.
Another cold front arriving Thursday evening will bring more “pleasant weather”, starting Friday and continuing through the weekend.
“The weekend is looking good,” Stinneford said. “Saturday and Sunday will be sunny and some humidity and mid-80s highs.”
DC activated its thermal emergency plan for Wednesday, opening free cooling centers for residents. Click here for an interactive map cooling center locations. For free transportation to a shelter, call 202-399-7093.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Storms can be violent and rain can sometimes be heavy. Heavy. Highs in the mid 80s to 90s.
Thursday: An early shower, then becomes sunny and less humid. Highs in the upper mid 80s.
Friday: Fairly sunny and pleasant with low humidity. Highs in the mid 80’s.
Saturday: Sunny with low humidity. Highs in the low to mid 80s.